SUMMERSIDE, PE, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Seniors across the country will soon have new opportunities to use their leadership abilities, energy and skills to continue to make a difference in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), made the announcement today while speaking to members of the East Prince Seniors Initiative.
"Our government encourages seniors to share their diverse skills, knowledge and experience with others," said Minister Shea. "Initiatives such as the NHSP help seniors to lead and participate in community activities that strengthen their well-being and quality of life."
The Harper government is providing more than $33 million in funding for over 1 750 community projects across Canada that will lead to a variety of programs and activities for seniors. These projects were selected from the 2012-2013 call for proposals. Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded more than 12 200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
Minister Shea also encouraged organizations that promote the well-being of seniors to take advantage of the upcoming 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects.
The East Prince Seniors Initiative will receive over $18,000 in funding for two NHSP projects. The first project will help seniors strengthen their computer skills through training sessions and computer clubs. They will have the opportunity to experiment and help other seniors put their skills into practice.
The second project will see seniors plan and oversee a volunteerism expo that will bring together seniors and non-profit groups to explore volunteering opportunities. As organizers and volunteers for the event, participants will have the chance to talk to attendees about how they can donate their time to benefit others.
"East Prince Seniors Initiative is very pleased to have been approved for a New Horizons for Seniors Program grant for our Volunteer Expo project," said Gloria Schurman, Executive Director. "This expo will give non-profit groups and organizations the ability to showcase the volunteer opportunities they offer to the public and will give individuals information about the many fulfilling volunteer options they have."
These projects are two of 213 community-based projects in the Atlantic region that are collectively receiving close to $4 million dollars in funding over a 12-month period.
The 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects will be launched on May 22, 2013. Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in funding per year and must address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
For more information and to apply for funding when the call opens, visit seniors.gc.ca.
It is thanks to initiatives such as the NHSP that the Government of Canada helps to ensure that seniors maintain their personal health and well-being. Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government proposes to better safeguard the well-being of seniors in a variety of areas, including financial services, financial literacy and health.
New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Harper government encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
The upcoming 2013-2014 New Horizons for Seniors Program call for proposals for community-based projects will be launched on May 22, 2013. Further details will be made available when the call is open.
The 2012-2013 call for proposals for the community-based projects under the NHSP was launched on May 8, 2012 and closed on June 29, 2012 for all of Canada except Quebec. The Quebec call for proposals closed on September 14, 2012.
The Government has approved more than $33 million in funding for new community projects as follows:
Funding Breakdown by Province and Territory
|Province or Territory||Number of Projects||Total Funding Amount|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||45||$811,001|
|Prince Edward Island||29||$471,495|
For more information on the NHSP, please visit seniors.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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